Training Calendar

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Free intro webinars for teachers

Learn how Color Vowel simplifies and focuses the teaching of spoken English, pronunciation, vocabulary, and reading for learner success. Workshop discounts are made available during this free webinar.

Pure Practice sessions for everyone

Pure Practice is an online pronunciation workout for English learners and teachers. Pure Practice activities engage the musical, physical, visual, and linguistic areas of the brain. This free, live event takes place monthly on first and third Thursdays.

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Fridays at Five: A weekly gathering of teachers

Each Friday at 5 pm ET, we gather live to share tips and demonstrate tools for inspired and effective teaching. Whether you’re new to Color Vowel® or well into your journey, this wonderfully supportive community event is for you!

Upcoming events
Color Vowel FAST Training
On Demand • asynchronous course

Color Vowel FAST© is an accelerated introduction to the Color Vowel® Approach and our Blue Canoe® pronunciation app. It consists of four 90-minute video modules and companion quizzes that you complete at your own pace. Upon completion, you will receive a FAST certificate of completion reflecting 6 hours of professional development. FAST training partially fulfills the requirements for Level 1 certification.

Rhythm and Chants: a Level 2 Core Workshop
March 4-25, 2020 • Thursdays 1-2:30 pm ET

During this workshop for Level 1 Color Vowel Trained teachers, participants will learn to lead and create rhythmic chants as brain-based interventions to improve English learner pronunciation and boost speaking confidence. Through their participation in four live online sessions, workshop participants will:

  • Practice pre-teaching, leading and closing a chant with clear gestures;
  • Master three Color Vowel chants and their variations;
  • Create two new chants using tried-and-true chant-writing ‘recipes’;
  • Learn when and where chants are most effective in a lesson.
Phonological Awareness: A Level 2 Elective Workshop
March 5-26, 2021 • Fridays 2-3:30 pm ET

Robin Barr, PhDPhonological awareness is a person’s awareness of the sounds, rhythms, and intonations they use when speaking.

In this practice-based workshop, Dr. Robin Barr will lead participants through a series of discovery activities and mini-lectures aimed at increasing teachers’ phonological awareness for the purpose of English language teaching.

This Level 2 workshop is open to Level 1 certified teachers and is recommended to those who have completed at least one Level 2 Core workshop.

Fridays at Five: Making the most of your textbook
March 5, 2021 • Friday, 5-6 pm ET

Teachers, this is for you! Whether you’re new to Color Vowel or already part of the tribe, our Friday gatherings are wonderfully interactive, inclusive, and informative. The topic changes each week, but the sense of community is a constant!

Fridays At Five: Color Vowel Show & Tell
March 12, 2021 • Friday, 5-6 pm ET

Share and enjoy Color Vowel successes and anecdotes in this collaborative session for Color Vowel enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

FREE WEBINAR: Introduction to Teaching English with Color Vowel®
March 25, 2021: Thursday, 6-7 pm ET

Join Karen Taylor, co-author of the Color Vowel Approach, for an overview of this innovative, brain-based method for teaching spoken English, pronunciation, vocabulary, and reading to English learners. Workshop discounts will be made available to you during this webinar.

Fridays at Five: Ask the Linguist, with Dr. Robin Barr
March 26, 2021 • Friday, 5-6 pm ET

Robin Barr, PhDEvery fourth Friday, we gather to ask Dr. Barr our language-related questions. This session is open to all.

Dr. Robin Bar is Linguist in Residence at American University, Lead Instructor at the Washington Literacy Center, and Lead Phonologist at ELTS/Color Vowel.

Level 1: Color Vowel® COMPLETE, Cohort 27
April 7-28, 2021 • Wednesdays 8-9:30 pm ET

Color Vowel COMPLETE combines live training with asynchronous learning to immerse you in the use the Color Vowel® Approach and our pronunciation app, Blue Canoe. During this 4-week course, you will learn how to use powerful, brain-based strategies to teach learner pronunciation, vocabulary development, and oral fluency. Color Vowel COMPLETE fulfills ALL of the requirements for Level 1 certification.

Level 1: Color Vowel® COMPLETE, Cohort 28
April 8-29, 2021 • Thursdays, 11 am-12:30 pm ET

Color Vowel COMPLETE combines live training with asynchronous learning to immerse you in the use the Color Vowel® Approach and our pronunciation app, Blue Canoe. During this 4-week course, you will learn how to use powerful, brain-based strategies to teach learner pronunciation, vocabulary development, and oral fluency. Color Vowel COMPLETE fulfills ALL of the requirements for Level 1 certification.

Colorful Integrations: Bringing ESL/EFL textbooks to life
April 8-29, 2021 • Thursdays, 1-2:30 pm ET

In this 4-week online workshop facilitated by Shirley Thompson, co-author of The Color Vowel Chart, participants will learn about and exchange ideas related to:

  • Identifying the strengths and limitations of an ESL/EFL textbook;
  • Recognizing activity types that can easily be adapted for speaking practice;
  • Using simple Color Vowel mark-ups to enhance textbook activities;
  • Using more advanced mark-ups to scaffold students’ effective use of intonation, linking, reduction, and blending in their spoken English;
  • Applying all of these strategies to a chapter or unit in a textbook of the participant’s choosing as part of a culminating project.
Level 1: Color Vowel COMPLETE • Cohort 29
May 5-26, 2021 • Wednesdays 10-11:30 am ET

Color Vowel COMPLETE combines live training with asynchronous learning to immerse you in the use the Color Vowel® Approach and our pronunciation app, Blue Canoe. During this 4-week course, you will learn how to use powerful, brain-based strategies to teach learner pronunciation, vocabulary development, and oral fluency. Color Vowel COMPLETE fulfills ALL of the requirements for Level 1 certification.

Color Vowel Yoga: A Level 2 Core Workshop
May 5-26, 2021 • Wednesdays 8-9:30 pm ET

Increase your phonological awareness and gain confidence in the use of this powerful brain-based instructional technique.

Pronunciation for English Teachers (PET)
May 6-June 3, 2021 • Thursdays 8-9:30 pm ET

This course is for non-native English-speaking teachers (NNESTs) who wish to increase their own confidence with English pronunciation.

In this 5-session practice-based course taught by a Color Vowel® Trained Teacher, participants will engage in a series of brain-based English pronunciation exercises that build awareness of the sounds and rhythms of English for the purpose of being more confident in their spoken English.

Spelling Exploration: A Level 2 Core Workshop
June 2-23, 2021 • Wednesdays, 8-9:30 pm ET

Learn how taking a sound-based approach to spelling empowers learners to notice patterns and engage in life-long language discovery.

Rhythm & Chants: A Level 2 Workshop
Aug 4-25, 2021 • Wednesdays 8-9:30 pm ET

Learn how to preview, lead, and close chants with learners using existing chants and modified chants.

Teachers say...
“Blue Canoe and its Color Vowel methodology is brilliant and incredibly effective with my students. I’ve been teaching English to Japanese students for more than a decade, and had never imagined a pronunciation approach could be this good.”
William Keith, Managing Director of Keith Industries, Tokyo, Japan
“We saw that teachers love using the Color Vowel Chart, so Intercambio now includes it in all curriculum we produce. For many English learners here, the CVC has led to life-changing breakthroughs around pronunciation! ”
Lee Shainis, Founder • Intercambio Uniting Communities • Boulder (CO)
“The Color Vowel System is such a fundamentally innovative and effective methodology that we built our company, Blue Canoe Learning, on it. Now anyone with a smart phone can play the Blue Canoe app and leverage the Color Vowel System to improve their English pronunciation. We are making such a wonderful impact on people’s lives, and ELTS and Color Vowel are an integral part of why we are successful!”
Sarah Daniels, CEO of Blue Canoe
“I find the way the elements of your training sessions weave themselves together genuinely elegant. It isn't just a "bag of tricks to deal with different problems" … there’s a sense of integrality and completeness in what you have developed overall.”
Brock Brady, U.S. Peace Corps Specialist (Washington DC)
“I can't thank you enough for an amazing experience at Color Vowel Basics. The Color Vowel Approach provides the strategy and structure I was looking for on behalf of my students. The work you have done is truly remarkable. It's true that simplicity lies at the far side of complexity.”
Amy Reavey, Literacy Volunteer (NJ)
“I love using the Color Vowel Chart because it works! Student feedback on the system is so positive. I have students who tell me how helpful it has been not only for pronunciation, but also for spelling, specifically for students for whom the Roman alphabet is new. English spelling and pronunciation is challenging, and I am so thankful to have this resource!”
Vanessa S. ESL Teacher, WA
“I don’t think I’ve ever been with a more skillful presenter [in Karen Taylor]. It was like watching a high-wire artist, but with NO misgivings: you know she’s totally secure up there. We were in the palm of her hand!”
Laurel Pollard, Author of "Zero Prep" and "Wow!"
“Interesting, fun, and I met people I look forward to keeping in touch with. So many 'Ah ha!' moments. Loved it.”
TESOL PCI Participant, Toronto (2015)
“The Color Vowel Chart allows my actor, broadcaster and executive clients to instantly see the color of the sound they are mispronouncing or mixing. The visual cuing speeds up the recognition time of the sounds! I think the Color Vowel Chart is the most brilliant thing I have ever seen. It has really changed the way we work at the Speech and Accent Academy!”
Lisa Jeffery, Director, The Speech and Accent Academy (FL)
“Who doesn’t love card games? My middle school students find Color it out! extremely engaging and I find it a powerful tool to introduce and review complicated sounds and spellings in English. In fact, I used Color it out! to introduce my students to the Color Vowel Chart before ever "teaching" them about it. I found it a very natural point of entry for the Chart. Since then, we have been exploring additional ways to use the Color it out! cards, such as Dominoes and Go Fish. A fantastic, fun, and very powerful resource!”
Michael Connors, E.L. Haynes Middle School, Washington DC
“The Color Vowel Chart brings attention to the differences among the English vowels--differences that students may not be able to hear. I also like how the Chart has allowed me to incorporate pronunciation into other aspects of my classes. While students are working together on any task, if I hear a major pronunciation problem I can say, "change your vowel from OLIVE to MUSTARD" and the student is able to self correct.”
Jody Gabler, ESL Teacher (NY)
“Color Vowel Basics was phenomenal. I learned an innovative but easy way to teach students about the many different sounds that vowels can make. The Color Vowel Chart is easy to learn and uses the different modalities of learning to reach every type of learner.”
K-12 ESL Teacher, Pueblo City Schools (CO)
“Wonderful session. Stellar presenters. Great activities. Best session I've been to. They were on fi-yur!”
TESOL PCI Participant, Toronto (2015)

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